A Broadcast by the National Public
Radio on April 20,1999 -"All Things Considered "
A Better Way To Resolve the Crisis
By Reverend JOHN DEAR - The Executive Director of the Fellowship
The NATO bombings have been a tragic disaster since
day one. Instead of stopping the violence, they have pushed a
volatile region further into war and suffering. A Pentagon spokesperson
said recently it is difficult to say that we have prevented one
act of brutality. But what the Pentagon doesn't say is how the
bombings have inflamed the entire situation. What we are doing
is not working.
Rather then broaden the war by calling up over 30,000 US reserves
and introducing ground troops, the Clinton administration should
end the NATO bombing immediately. The United Nations should install
a UN peacekeeping presence in Kosovo and begin negotiations with
all the parties. And the US should begin massive humanitarian
aid to all victims throughout the region, not only to the Kosovars,
but even to the people of Serbia.
The entire world has a stake in ending ethnic cleansing in
this war. NATO should not be deciding the world's fate. The United
Nations needs to lead the way to peace in the Balkans. If the
UN Security Council is stuck, then the General Assembly, including
the Russians, needs to resolve this crisis. We have to go back
to the negotiating table. History teaches us that there are always
other possibilities. There is always an opening for peace.
The ethnic cleansing of Kosovo is crime against humanity but
so is the NATO bombing. Bombings have never ended a war. Wars
never solve problems. Violence never breaks the chain of violence,
it only continues the killing. Martin Luther King Jr. put it this
way, "Returning violence for violence only multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness
cannot drive out darkness,' he said, 'only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
It's not too late to heed Dr. King and the wisdom of non-violence.
We must stop the bombings, join the voices around the world calling
for peace and pursue non-violent solutions to the crisis before
one more person is killed.
The Fellowship of Reconciliation
The Largest Interface Peace Organization in the United States
American Serb Academic Society-P.O. Box 401 New York,
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The New York Times 04/20/99Until now, NATO has only acknowl-edged that its planes accidentally
bombed a tractor northwest of Djakovica. But Serbian authorities
and Kosovar refugees have insistently reported allied hits along
the road southeast of Djakovica, putting NATO credibility to a
A NATO ACCOUNT
NATO Admits Pilot Bombed 2nd Convoy,
on Kosovo Road
By MICHAEL GORDON
BRUSSELS, April 19
The New York Times 04/20/99The Serbian version says American officials deliberately sought
out a con-voy of refugees to kill. The Serbian version also asserts
that Defense Sec-retary William S. Cohen ordered the NATO commander,
Gen. Wesley K. Clark, to personally choose the pilot, who for
Some reason was Dutch, and that President Clinton wanted to dis-miss
General Clark when the pilot failed to kill the refugees in sufficient
A SERBIAN ACCOUNT
Special NATO Pilot Was Ordered to Bomb
By STEVEN ERLANGER
BELGRADE, April 19
According to...had decided to kill ethnic Albanian refugees
and blame their deaths on the Serbs.
"Charlie Bravo to Mother. I am keeping 3,000 feet. Under
me columns of cars, some kind of tractors. What is it? Requesting
"Mother to Charlie Bravo. Do you see tanks? Repeat, where
are the tanks?"
"Charlie Bravo to Mother. I see tractors. Can the Reds
have camouflaged tanks as tractors?"
"Mother to Charlie Bravo. What kind of strange convoy
is this? What civilians? Damn, this is the Serbs' doing. Destroy
"Charlie Bravo to Mother. What should I destroy? Tractors?
Ordinary cars? Repeat, I can see no tanks. Re-quest additional
"Mother to Charlie Bravo. This is a military target,
a completely legiti-mate military y target. Destroy the target.
Repeat, destroy the target."
"Charlie Bravo to Mother. Under-stand. Roger. Target
The New York Times 4/19/99
Experts Fear War Accident Could Spread Lab
by JUDITH MILLER
UNITED NATIONS, April 16
International nuclear inspectors are worried that 60 kilograms
of highly enriched uranium at the Vinca Institute of Nuclear Science,
10 miles from Belgrade, Serbia, may be used, improperly or may
be hit by errant NATO missile.
The New York Times 4/16/99
The question we must answer is whether military intervention
in a cen-turies-old civil war in the Balkans is likely to be either
resolved on our terms or resolved over the long term.
Give Mediation Another Try
By John R. Kasich
I have reluctantly concluded, however, that military intervention
- through air power or ground troops - is not in the national
interest. Nor will either achieve our goals.
Is "victory" at all costs worth a bitterly hostile
The negotiations at Rambouillet Castle in France last winter
were destined to fail because both parties were expected to agree
to a draft document, without substantive changes. But it was unrealistic
to expect Yugoslavia to accept the presence of a NATO implementation
force in Yugoslavia and the probability of independence for Kosovo
after three years. A sovereign country would probably not agree
to such terms.
John R. Kasich is chairman of the House Budget Committee and
a member of the Committee House Armed Services Committee
The New York Times 4/16/99No, Mr. Milosevic will not accept a "NATO-led" protec-tion
force for Kosovo so dear to NATO bureaucrats. Remember? NATO has
not won the war.
On My Mind
Lessons of Kosovo
But countries inside and outside NATO could do the job - including
Russia - perhaps patrolling with some small Serbian police units.
Otherwise, the Kosovo Liberation Army would operate without hobble
and might continue some of the expulsions Serbs have experi-enced-like
the 300,000 Serbs purged from Croatia by the dictator Franjo Tud-jman.
Meantime, the U.S. should not keep hanging around the Balkans
with an occupation force, on the ground or in the air.
Gen. W. K. Clark Murders Civilians
- Albanians and Serbs Alike!
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